Welcome to The Customs Law Firm

Integrity. Trust. Experience.

The Customs Law Firm, P.A. is a boutique law firm headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, which has been specializing in customs and international trade regulation, consulting, and litigation since 1989.

The Firm helps multinational companies navigate the complex rules governing the cross-border movement of goods and services, with the goal of minimizing duty, VAT, and excise tax payments, while maximizing corporate customs and trade compliance (including compliance with the Export Administration Regulations and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations) to eliminate the risk of costly and time-consuming audits, investigations, and penalty cases.

Special emphasis (for which the Firm is a recognized global authority) is placed on harmonizing income tax transfer pricing policies vis-à-vis customs valuation requirements as part of designing and implementing duty-saving strategies and in-house customs and trade compliance programs. We offer a multitude of other services to address any customs and trade issue that arises, including litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Firm also has a well-established informal network of customs and trade advisors in every major trading jurisdiction to deliver results no matter where issues surface.

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WE’VE MOVED TO FLORIDA!

After 25 years in the big city of Atlanta, Georgia, our firms have re-located to the beautiful Town of Jupiter, Florida (just north of West Palm Beach on the East Coast of the state). Jupiter’s historic lighthouse is one of the town’s main attractions, but it’s also known as the “surfing capital” of Florida for […]

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TRUMP ‘N TRADE HEATS UP

March was a busy month for the mercurial U.S. President’s trade agenda. Two actions put global traders into a frenzy. First, on March 23rd, U.S. Customs began collecting the so-called “Section 232” duties on imports of steel and aluminum products (generally, raw materials; a complete list of the affected tariff codes under the Harmonized Tariff […]

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CBP HQ ISSUES RARE DEDUCTIVE VALUE RULING

In an unusual HQ ruling (HQ H260036), CBP recently ruled that an importer of natural and biodegradable additives (such as citric acid and xanthum gum, mainly used in the food industry) must use deductive value as the basis of appraisement for its imported merchandise – instead of transaction value. Despite the fact that the importer […]

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